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10 things you need to know today: January 14, 2018

False alarm ballistic missile warning terrifies Hawaii, DHS to resume accepting DACA applications, and more


False alarm ballistic missile warning terrifies Hawaii

Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency mistakenly sent a text message to Hawaiians Saturday morning warning of an incoming ballistic missile, sending island residents into a panic for the 38 minutes it took for a correction to be sent. "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill," the original message said in all caps. "NO missile threat to Hawaii," the agency tweeted soon after. Hawaiian Gov. David Ige (D) said later Saturday the alert went out because "an employee pushed the wrong button" during a shift change. The Federal Communications Commission will investigate the incident.


DHS to resume accepting DACA applications

In compliance with a Tuesday order from a federal judge, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Saturday it will resume accepting applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which shields from deportation immigrants illegally brought to the United States as children. However, no new applications will be processed; only previous DACA recipients will be permitted to renew their status. "DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it," President Trump tweeted Sunday, "they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military."


Trump denies Wall Street Journal interview quote

President Trump on Sunday accused The Wall Street Journal of deliberately misquoting him in an interview published Thursday. "I probably have a very good relationship with him," the article quotes Trump saying of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "Obviously I didn't say that," Trump tweeted Sunday morning. "I said 'I'd have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,' a big difference," he continued. "Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters and they knew exactly what I said and meant. They just wanted a story. FAKE NEWS!" The president did not include a recording to back up his assertion.


Vogue suspends photographers following misconduct claims

Vogue and other fashion magazines have announced they will not work with acclaimed photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber "for the foreseeable future" after a Saturday New York Times report in which more than a dozen male models and former colleagues accused each man of sexual exploitation. "I remember him putting his fingers in my mouth, and him grabbing my privates," said model Robyn Sinclair of Weber. "A lot of touching. A lot of molestation." Testino is accused of similar behavior. Weber categorically denied the accusations, while Testino's representative argued his accusers could not be trusted.


Chelsea Manning announces Senate run

Chelsea Manning on Saturday announced she plans to run for U.S. Senate in Maryland as a long-shot primary challenger to Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.). Manning is the transgender former soldier who was released from prison last year after being convicted of transferring classified documents from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to Wikileaks. At the time of the transfer, she was known as Bradley Manning. Former President Obama commuted Manning's 35-year sentence before he left office, while President Trump has labeled her an "ungrateful traitor."


Iranian oil ship sinks after a week on fire

The Iranian oil tanker that collided with a Chinese freighter last weekend sunk on Sunday after burning for a week. All 32 crew members are believed to be dead, though only three bodies have been recovered. "There is no hope of finding survivors," said Mahmoud Rastad, Iran's maritime agency chief. Chinese, Japanese, and South Korean emergency ships worked all week attempting to extinguish the flames and locate any surviving crew, but the tanker was carrying 1 million barrels of condensate, an ultra-light crude oil, which sent a plume of smoke more than half a mile high.


Magnitude-7.1 earthquake kills 2 in Peru

At least two people were killed and another 65 injured by a magnitude-7.1 earthquake in Peru Sunday morning. The quake struck off Peru's coast in the Pacific Ocean shortly after 4 a.m. local time. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said "hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts" as a result of the tremors but soon declared the tsunami threat had passed. Arequipa district Gov. Yamila Orosio said on Twitter some adobe houses have collapsed and there are reports of power outages from the earthquake.


Plane skids over seaside cliff in Turkey

A plane skidded off the runway and halfway down a cliff on the edge of the Black Sea in Turkey Saturday night, but local officials report no one was injured in the accident. "We tilted to the side. The front was down while the plane's rear was up," said a passenger named Fatma Gordu. "There was panic, people shouting, screaming." An investigation is underway to determine why the plane went over the cliff. The airline described the situation as a "runway excursion incident."


Sportscaster Keith Jackson dies at 89

Legendary college football broadcaster Keith Jackson died Friday evening, ESPN reported Saturday. He was 89. Before he retired in 2006, Jackson spent five decades calling college ball games, including the original Monday Night Football game in 1970. "For generations of fans, Keith Jackson was college football," said Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger. "When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game. Keith was a true gentleman and memorable presence. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Turi Ann, and his family."


Bill Murray visits SNL as Stephen Bannon

Saturday Night Live opened on the set of MSNBC's Morning Joe this week, with Mika Brzezinski (Kate McKinnon) and Joe Scarborough (Alex Moffat) talking about President Trump and Michael Wolff's controversial new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. SNL alum Fred Armisen appeared as Wolff, joined by ousted White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, revealed under his Grim Reaper hood to be played by Bill Murray. The real life Bannon's quotes in Fire and Fury led to a statement from Trump declaring his former ally has "lost his mind," but Murray's Bannon is pretty optimistic about his forthcoming line of "wrinkled barn jackets called, 'Frumpers, for guys.'"


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